Restauration clock with peddler crafted of gilt and patinated bronze featuring a black man carrying on his back a bundle of small goods, forming dial. His enameled eyes contrast with the dark patina of his skin and the gold colour of his clothes. He rests on a rectangular base decorated with foliage and floral motifs. The base is ornamented with flowers. The clocks "au nègre" or "au bon sauvage" were popular under the French Directoire, the Empire and the Restoration, and marked the beginning of the Romantic period. The Myth of the Noble savage was nourished by the travel stories of fashionable novels, from "Paul and Virginia" to "Atala" and "Robinson Crusoe". The theme of the Noble savage was declined in about thirty models, including the nigger at work. This subject depict small trades: sailor, gardener or, as here, travelling merchant carrying his goods.
Dim: W: 6,1 in - D: 2,6in - H: 9,8in.
Dim: L:15,5cm, P:6,5cm, H:25cm.
Overall, the condition of the clock is good, with minor wear and rubbing consistent with age. Original clock movement "au coq" cleaned, serviced and in working condition.